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Making Christmas Cookies

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's that time of year. I only make 3 sweets for Christmas, the favorites of decades in my family. I can pass up the pecan snowballs and have just a small piece of Chip N Cherry cake. But oh the sugar cookies! My kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews require them at Christmas, and it's my happy job to deliver. I use the same cookie cutters that my mother used when I was little, and I just ice them but don't decorate them which really would take hours and hours. My kids call them "crack", addicting, and they are. And I always eat them. Every year. I'll send them home to 5 grateful households after Christmas, leaving this grateful household without them.

And it's just once a year. I suppose that is part of why they taste so good. I won't eat commercial sugar cookies; they just aren't nearly as good as mine, and I never let myself eat other people's cookies just in case I like them too much. My family is very good at looking forward to a special food and only eating it then. It's something I trained them to do, then as I've gotten older, their comfortable joy in anticipation of a rare treat comes back to me. I taught my kids, now I learn those same lessons all over again from them. Which is a good thing since at my age weight comes on faster and comes off slower. My grandmother warned me about this phenomenon and I wish she were still here so I could chuckle with her about it.

Time to make the icing, and fight to keep the cats off the cookies. Unfortunately, they like it, too.
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  • MIRFA71
    Beautiful memories.. And we all want to taste your delicious and beautiful cookies. and the only way is that if you can please share the recipe. emoticon emoticon
    2859 days ago
    C'mon Nell, Share that cookie recipe...........

    we want to have the same fun ..........

    Merry Christmas,
    2860 days ago
    I'm trying really hard to form some of your same philosophy. In any case, your blogs are a big help to me, and help me to do some hard thinking.
    I'm not THERE yet, but I'm trying.
    2860 days ago
  • CANDLE29
    I really enjoyed your post. So many similarities to my cookie making. I simply frost mine but unfortunately, once the frosting goes on, they are my biggest weakness. I use my grandmother's recipe because it's the one my mom always used and I have yet to taste a cookie as tasty as hers. You are so right about the store bought versions, won't even touch them! Perhaps we are cookie snobs? That's OK, I'm not a big cookie eater so when I do eat one, it's going to be worth it!

    I also agree with you on the weight. It sure does come on a lot easier and faster than it comes off!

    I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!
    2860 days ago
    The sugar cookies sound delicious. My SIL had bags of sweets ready for everyone to take home. We took some that will go to my mother's today.
    My husband and son ate plenty last night. There is still a good bit left.
    We had some carolers and I gave them a box of cookies.
    2860 days ago

    oh gee, after the buildup, no recipe?????????????????????
    se and thank you?????????????

    I made some Chewy Chocolate for David this afternoon...he
    says they are wonderful....

    He also has a key lime pie in the fridge which I wont touch.
    BUT, he has lost 36 pounds helping me to lose 40.......

    I love sugar cookies, and my kids and I used to make them on
    Christmas worst weakness is the Wedding cookies...

    My daughter makes a Cinnamon punch that I love, and she just
    called to see if we are coming again,,,,,still no,,,,,due to
    Davids surgery.............dang it......

    Merry Christmas ya'll,
    2861 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2332407
    Your blog brings back good memories for me too. My daughter will be having Christmas at her house, but I will still bring our favorites.
    2862 days ago
    2862 days ago
    Nell, they sound wonderful and bring back rich memories of my mother's iced sugar cookies!
    2862 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Distance makes the heart grow fond!! Applies to food as well - LOL!

    2862 days ago
    The only goodie I make all year is spritz cookies--butter cookies made with a cookie press and sprinkled with sugar. But I can picture those iced sugar cookies! I think I want one!
    2862 days ago
  • GABY1948
    From your description, I can almost taste them. I never bake goodies because I don't think I could control mom made iced gingerbread cookies for my kids every year...and after she left us I tried but they just were not the family is very blessed indeed to have you around for them! Merry Christmas, Nell emoticon
    2862 days ago
    2862 days ago
    Great approach: and now, of course, we're all wanting your very special sugar cookie recipe!!
    2862 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    What wonderful self-control! That is one reason I don't bake/cook goodies much. I just never developed it. Need to take lessons from you, Nell.
    2862 days ago
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